Michael Cohen, Syria, Valentine’s Day: Your Wednesday Briefing

White House officials had previously said the investigation was underway when the accusations via his two former wives came to light last week. Here’s what we know about the events.

“A private transaction”

• President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer paid $130,000 via his own pocket to Stephanie Clifford, the pornographic-film actress known as Stormy Daniels, who says she had an affair with Mr. Trump.

“The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, in addition to was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone,” the lawyer, Michael Cohen, told The Times.

He has previously said which Mr. Trump denies the affair.

The lawyer’s involvement was first reported by Maggie Haberman, one of our White House correspondents. She recently discussed the art of interviewing, in addition to gave her predictions for 2018.

Charges recommended for Israeli leader

• Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should be charged with bribery, fraud in addition to breach of trust, the Israeli police said on Tuesday after a yearlong graft investigation.

He can be accused of accepting nearly $300,000 in gifts, including expensive cigars, jewelry in addition to Champagne, in exchange for favors. If he can be charged, the item could be a first for a sitting prime minister within the country.

“I feel a deep obligation to continue to lead Israel in a way which will ensure our future,” Mr. Netanyahu later said in a televised address.


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, second via left, on Sunday. The recommendation of corruption charges against him has raised doubts about his ability to stay in office.

Pool photo by Ronen Zvulun

Shaun White returns to halfpipe gold

• During today’s final run, the American snowboarder “opened up using a frontside double cork 1440 followed by a cab double cork 1440,” one of our reporters at the Winter Olympics writes.

Your briefing writer doesn’t know what which means, although the combination helped White win the gold medal, his third in four Olympics.

Here are today’s results via the Games. You can find all of our coverage here.

Sam Manchester, a Times sports editor, can be on the ground in Pyeongchang in addition to sending messages to readers about what the item’s like. Sign up here.


Shaun White won the gold medal today over Ayumu Hirano of Japan.

Chang W. Lee/The brand-new York Times

The Daily

Listen to ‘The Daily’: Republicans in addition to the Deficit

President Trump has proposed a budget which could add $7 trillion to the federal deficit. Republicans are saying nothing.



“Stocks are too expensive.” Inflated prices could discourage work in addition to capital investment, setting the stage for more inequality, our economics columnist writes.

A downturn in California isn’t likely anytime soon, economists say. although the state’s governor, Jerry Brown, wants the item to start preparing.

Netflix lured the hit-doing producer Ryan Murphy via 21st Century Fox in a deal worth up to $300 million.

U.S. stocks were up on Tuesday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets today.

Smarter Living

Tips, both brand-new in addition to old, for a more fulfilling life.

Bring positive energy into your home, no matter how tight the space.

Sex shouldn’t be painful. Here’s advice via a gynecologist.

Roman egg drop soup can be a simple midweek recipe.


A fog of war in Syria

Four Russians, in addition to perhaps dozens more, were killed in recent fighting between pro-government forces in eastern Syria in addition to members of the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State, according to Russian in addition to Syrian officials.

The Kremlin has sidestepped questions, saying which any Russians who were killed were mercenaries, not members of the armed forces.

12,000 ways to say “I love you”

A collection of Valentine’s Day cards, via as early as the 1680s, features pop-ups, cutouts in addition to Civil War soldiers.

Today can be also Ash Wednesday, which coincides with Valentine’s Day for once since 1945. the item’s a dilemma for those observing Lent: extravagant displays of romantic love, or fasting in addition to self-discipline?

cost of privacy: $560 million

brand-new Hampshire will not give a Powerball winner her money unless she lets her name be made public.

People are offering solutions, for a cut.

Dogs have their day

Flynn, a bichon frisé with powder-puff fur, was named Best in Show at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday.

Begging for more? Here are photos via the competition.

Finding a lost strain of rice

The search for hill rice led to Trinidad in addition to Thomas Jefferson, in addition to currently to excitement among African-American chefs.

Best of late-night TV

Several comedy hosts are taking the week off, so our roundup can be, too. the item will return next week.

Quotation of the day

“I looked around in addition to saw my competitors, they’re all doing these quads, in addition to at the same time they’re a head shorter than me, they’re 10 years younger than me, in addition to they’re the size of one of my legs.”

— Adam Rippon, a figure skater on the U.S. Olympic team, on pressures he faced related to body image in addition to eating.

The Times, in some other words

Here’s an image of today’s front page, in addition to links to our Opinion content in addition to crossword puzzles.

Back Story

Valentine’s Day can be widely thought to mark a wine-fueled festival for courting couples in ancient Rome.

although in North Korea, Feb. 14 signifies a different kind of affection. On This particular day in 2012, Kim Jong-il, who led the country via 1994 until his death in 2011, was posthumously named a “generalissimo.”


A tribute in Pyongyang, North Korea, to Kim Jong-il. The “Day of the Shining Star” can be celebrated in his honor today.

Kim Won-Jin/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

The announcement came two days before what could have been Mr. Kim’s 70th birthday, which can be still celebrated within the country as “The Day of the Shining Star.”

The only some other North Korean generalissimo can be Mr. Kim’s father, Kim Il-sung, who began ruling in 1945 in addition to received the title in 1992, two years before his death. The term can be a clear cut above the “marshal” title held by North Korea’s current leader, Kim Jong-un.

The younger Mr. Kim may stay in power for decades, though, in addition to he already has several titles: “Dear respected comrade,” for one, as well as “supreme commander” of the Korean People’s Army.

Mike Ives contributed reporting.


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